MENA Salon: Protests in Egypt

Workshop | October 4 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Every Friday the CMES hosts an informal guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all.

On Friday, September 20, protests erupted in cities across Egypt. The apparent trigger was a series of online videos posted by Mohamed Ali, a former actor and contractor, now living abroad. Based on his experience as a contractor for the Egyptian military, Ali is accusing President el-Sisi of major corruption. In response to the protests, hundreds of Egyptians have been arrested. Yet Ali continues to publish videos, and videos from other figures have appeared with further accusations. Why have these videos gained such traction? Is this a continuation of the so-called Arab Spring, or is this something different? Join us for a discussion of the recent protests, their causes, and what we imagine for Egypt’s near future.

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